Things to Do in L.A. This Week: August 5-11

The Grand Dames of Grindhouse, an Ingmar Bergman flick, Dr. Dre’s 2001 with a live orchestra, a Johnny Ramone’s tribute night and more.


‘Lost: The Musical’

Monday, August 5, 2019 / 8-10:30 p.m. / Whitefire Theatre

The guys behind “Shame of Thrones” have taken it upon themselves to fill the world with musical parodies. Just in time for the 15th anniversary of “Lost,” writers Steven Christopher Parker and Steven Brandon share their condensed version of the show, distilling 121 episodes into two hours of musical absurdity with 50 characters played by 14 actors. Since the original ending was such a disappointment, they’ve written five alternate endings and the audience gets to choose the adventure’s finale.

Tickets: $25-$30 / More Information

Surf Curse Summer Movie Screening

Tuesday, August 6, 2019 / 6:30-9 p.m. / Bootleg Theater

Ahead of the September release of the indie rock duo’s new album, “Heaven Surrounds You,” Surf Curse put together a film series at Bootleg Theater screening some of their cinematic influences. Tonight, they share “Hour of the Wolf,” the 1968 Swedish psychological horror directed by Ingmar Bergman. It’s probably the strangest and creepiest of the six films Ingmar Bergman shot on the island of Fårö.

Attendees will get a first look at the group’s new single and music video from the album, plus first dibs on exclusive merch. The band is scheduled to play the Fonda on October 18.

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Idiots Comedy Show

Wednesday, August 7, 2019 / 7-10 p.m. / The Clubhouse

Idiots is a comedy show hosted on the first Wednesday of the month at The Clubhouse in East Hollywood. This time around they’ve got Debra DiGiovanni, who has been called the best comedian to see after a messy breakup and has a brand new series on Comedy Central. Brent Weinbach describes his comedy as “weird and stupid and visual and post-modern.” Zach Noe Towers currently stars on E!’s late-night TV show, “Dating #NoFilter,” which kicks off its second season in August. Chloe Radcliffe, Nick Turner and Will Weldon round out the lineup.

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Grand Dames of the Grindhouse: Roberta Findlay and Doris Wishman

Thursday, August 8, 2019 / 7:30-10 p.m. / Philosophical Research Society

Something Weird Video’s Lisa Petrucci leads a lecture on Roberta Findlay and Doris Wishman, two unique filmmakers who were making sexploitation films at a time when it was extremely uncommon for women to direct films. Petrucci traces their trajectory and quirky visual styles from nudies and roughies in the 1960s to porn and horror films in the 1970s and ’80s. There may be some surprise guest speakers and all attendees will take home a “delightfully depraved free artifact.”

This event is a collaboration between The Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies and the UCLA Film and Television Archive for the series Catch a Thrill! Celebrating 10 Years of the American Genre Film Archive.

Tickets: $12 advance; $15 at the door / More Information

Charles Manson: Once Upon a Time in ’69

Friday, August 9, 2019 / 7 p.m. to 12 a.m. / Lethal Amounts Gallery

Purveyors of all things counterculture, Lethal Amounts hones in on the summer of 1969, when the era of peace and love turned deadly and sinister. It’s been 50 years since Charles Manson’s “family” murdered Sharon Tate, her unborn child and four other people at her home, and the shock still hasn’t really worn off. This exhibit pulls together artifacts from the era, in addition to writings, photos and original art from people intimately involved in the event. Tonight also includes a Q-and-A and walk-through with Michael Channels, Manson’s longtime penpal and heir to the cult leader’s estate.

Tickets: $19.69 / More Information

An Orchestral Rendition of Dr. Dre’s ‘2001’

Saturday, August 10, 2019 / 7-10 p.m. / Globe Theatre

Dr. Dre’s Platinum-certified album, “2001,” was his comeback record, a confrontation against his haters and doubters. It’s a classic, so why not give it a classy treatment by dressing it up with an orchestra?

While Dre will not be participating in the show, a host of DJ’s, singers and lyricists will put their spin on gems like “Still D.R.E.,” “Forgot About Dre,” “The Next Episode” and “Let’s Get High.” In addition to performing the record from start to finish, the performance concludes with a selection of non-“2001” Dre favorites.

Tickets: $19.90 – $24.90 / More Information

Johnny Ramone Tribute

Sunday, August 11, 2019 / 6:30-11 p.m. / Hollywood Forever

“Come out and plaayy!” at this double-whammy tribute to Ramones guitarist Johnny Ramone and to the 1979 turf battle film “The Warriors,” which is celebrating its 40th anniversary with a screening at Hollywood Forever.

This annual event hosted by Johnny’s widow, Linda Ramone, just gets bigger and better each year. Tonight’s festivities are curated by Vincent Gallo, but the details of the stage show preceding the screening remain a surprise. What we do know is that there will be pop-up shops selling memorabilia out on the lawn and a “punk & glam” rock photo exhibit in the mausoleum featuring Jenny Lens, Danny Fields, & others. Bring a picnic and some brews.

Tickets: $20 / More Information

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